six word saturday – a few days



Our last of many summer visitors will be leaving soon and no more trips are planned, so it’s all back to normal by the end of next week.

I hope everyone has a good Saturday!


This post is for Six Word Saturday.  Click over to  Show My Face for more sets of six words.

Friday letters – the final August edition

Dear August, I can’t believe we have arrived already at the last of your 5 Fridays.  Thanks for providing the extra weekend this year, it has been excellent.

Dear foxes,  Is it not time for you to have a rest from your night-time antics?  Or at least indulge in them silently?

Dear computer,  Why, when I am in a hurry, do you take ages to load everything when I switch you on, and why are the pages I want to view online ‘Not Responding’, resulting in me having to restart you?  Please take this letter as a stern warning that you need to do better.

Dear autumn,  Surely you are not on your way already, but judging by the leaves that are falling in my garden, it seems as though you might be.

Dear Fellow Bloggers, I am going to have more time soon to catch up with all the posts I have been missing – I hope.  I am managing to read a few posts, but not commenting as much as I would like.  Once the madness of the summer break is over (birthdays, lots of visitors etc), things should return to a more even keel.

Dear supermarkets,  It is not even the end of August and a few days ago I spotted Christmas merchandise on display prominently.  It is FAR TOO EARLY!  I’ve said this for the last few years, but I am sure this year must be the earliest I have seen it.

Christmas merchandise in August

Christmas merchandise in August.

Hope everyone has a good Friday whatever you might be doing.


Friday letters: second August edition

Dear Weather, Things are not looking good for our planned birthday barbeque at the weekend. Please could you arrange for all the rain to be over by Sunday and a few warm, sunny spells to take its place. The forecast strong winds aren’t looking too good either.

Dear Rail Engineering Works, Have you been conspiring with the weather gods? Choosing this weekend to do major works which affect our local station, and the travel plans of our guests on Sunday, is not impressive!

Dear clueQuest, Spending an hour locked in a room with 4 of your relatives, trying to figure out how to escape, might not sound like a great way to pass the time on a Thursday morning but, quite to the contrary, it was great fun! Solving all sorts of clues and finding codes to unlock padlocks and doors while all the time a monitor counts down your 60 minute time limit was one of the best activities we have done for a long time. It is not for nothing that you are the number one tourist attraction in London, according to Trip Advisor.

Dear Car,  I hope that the expensive work that is being done on you today is going to make you run very much more smoothly!

Dear Christmas merchandise,  In the shops already??  Far toooooo early!

Dear WordPress, I am not impressed that you have changed (again) the page for creating a new post. I had written this post a while ago and have now spent at least half an hour (so far) trying to find out how to publish it.  There is a button which says ‘Publish’ and in the old editor that would have done the trick, but it doesn’t seem to be working for this new system. I am pleased to spot, though, that I can choose to go back to the ‘classic mode’, but I thought I’d give this new system a try first.  Why do you feel you have to change something that was working very well? Change for the sake of change maybe??


weekly photo challenge: texture

“This week, share a texture found in an unexpected place. It could be made of natural materials or with man-made objects.”

What better textures are there than the textures of food, and this display of patisserie was quite unexpected.  I was in Selfridge’s department store in London one morning a few weeks ago,  in one of their cafes,  just looking for somewhere to have a drink before setting off to explore the store – I didn’t expect to see this mouthwatering display.  I was strong, had a stern word with myself, and managed to resist it all – although the thought of going back later in the day did cross my mind!

patisserie display Selfridges


chocolate dome with popping candy

As if the patisserie selection wasn’t tempting enough – there was a ‘build your own ice cream sundae’ section too.

make your own sundae

make your own sundae 2

I didn’t go back in the end, because we decided to go and have lunch somewhere else, but there’s always the next time…  :)

For more textures, visit the Weekly Photo Challenge.


let’s go (and) fly a kite

Last weekend we were in Shropshire at a music festival (there’s a first for everything!) and on the Sunday there was a kite flying event.  I have never seen such a wonderful collection of kites, so I took a few quick snaps.  The windy weather was perfect for them – the tail end of hurricane Bertha was just arriving.


Snakes, fish, octopus, a white pony with a pink mane and tail, huge kites with streamers.

more kites

Two fish and a scuba diver!

even more kites

You might think that the purple bear kite is just very close to the camera, but it was being flown from the same field as the other kites. It was HUGE!

and another kite

The gecko is even larger than the bear!

And now, because you can’t give a post a title like this and not have a link to Mary Poppins…